EBA is plotting a GRID

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Patti Normand, Grid, 2007
30" x 40", oil on canvas


Carl Stewart can't escape the grid.

His artworks of woven tapestry, counted cross-stitching, needlepoint, and quilting are all grid-dependent. So it makes sense for him to challenge fellow artists to grapple with their own grids for a show this weekend at Gallery EBA (Enriched Bread Artsists) called, you guessed it, GRID.

“I was really curious to see how other artists use the grid as the structural foundation of their work, as metaphor or purely form,” said Stewart.

“The exhibition features a range of ways in which artists use the grid, from Terry Brynaert’s monumental, almost baroque, Retable of Saint Mark, comprised of 300 6” x 6” paintings, to Joyce Westrop’s sculpture of found tire fragments Western Hemisphere, to Patti Normand’s exquisite Grid, a painting of city lights as seen from an airplane.”

GRID opens Saturday, March 14 and continues Sunday, March 15 at 951 Gladstone Avenue. Gallery hours are 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Participating EBA artists include Kenneth Emig, Jean Halstead, Christos Pantieras, Mana Rouholamini, Hedda Sidla, Carl Stewart, Svetlana Swinimer, and Joyce Westrop. Guest artists are Terry Brynaert, Patti Normand and Bozica Radjenovic.


Terry Brynaert, Retable of Saint Mark, 2008
1 of 300 6" x 6" paintings, watercolour on linen paper


Carl Stewart, untitled (1982) or The year they stopped calling it Gay-Related Immune Deficiency and started calling it AIDS, 2009
6" x 10", cross stitch: cotton



Joyce Westrop, Western Hemisphere, 2009
26" x 26" x 3", found tire fragments, wire and acrylic



Cadavers can be fun!


Thursday, January 29

Cindy Stelmackowich (the cover artist from Guerilla #13) is teaming with Chantal Gervais for a provocative new show beginning Wednesday, February 4 (artist reception on Friday, February 6). In Anatomy: In Ruins and Remade, Stelmackowich and Gervais use and abuse medical imagery, including MRI scans as self-portraits and popular 1980s plastic anatomical models as "living" cadavers. "So, overall," said Stelmackowich, "a fun show indeed!"



Art for Amnesty

January, 10, 2009

Guerilla's Black and White for Human Rights art project (featured in the current issue) is getting front page coverage on Amnesty International's web site www.smallplaces.ca.

Check it out!


The second coming of Chris

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008

In Guerilla land, likening Chris Healey to Jesus Christ is, yes, a stretch, but a useful and fun stretch. You see back in 2006, when founding designer-and-coder Allen Ford could no longer contribute, we were seriously stuck for web expertise until Chris came along. He set us up with the super-cool, open-source content management system called Joomla! (the exclamation point is part of the name, and rightly so). After we worked out some kinks, the new Guerilla web site was more agile, flexible, and efficient.

When Chris moved to Montreal this summer his focus on a career change seemed like it could cause a permanent break from his Guerilla gig. Efforts to find a new Chris proved difficult, but just when the deadlines for issue 18 really started to loom, Chris ascended for another does of divine intervention, this time taking Guerilla web to a whole new level on a much-improved version of Joomla!

Chris makes our lives a whole lot easier and although he would likely prefer a comparison to the ever-industrious Scotty from Star Trek over my Christ analogy,  too bad. I'm the writer and I do the analogies. In that small way, I'm like God—but I'd be muted without my colleague spreading his Joomla! gospel and giving us all, in Guerilla #18, a most joyful Chris-mas present.